Free Agent Focus v2005: RBs

It seems by most feel that Travis Henry will be gone by the time the 2005 season rolls along giving the Bills a need at backup RB. While Shaud Williams might prove to be a compliment and/or backup to Willis McGahee, we feel the Bills would be wise to bring in a veteran to push Williams or possibly fill in as a 3rd down option as the Carolina Panthers showed in 2004; you can never have too many RBs.

Amos Zereoue: Zereoue's a perfect description of what we feel the Bills need. As he's ran for over 400 yards the past three seasons as a backup and averaged about 40 catches over that time span. He's also familiar with Mike Mularkey's system having playing with the Steelers prior to joining the Raiders last season.

Kenny Watson: Watson is less proven than Zereoue but offers some similiar attributes. While a little bigger, Watson has good hands and has shown to be a serviceable back when asked to start. As back in 2002 he started 4 games for the Redskins and amassed over 300 yards rushing and surpassed the century mark in two of those games despite playing WR at Penn State. Wason has also managed to average more than 19.5 yards as a kickoff returnman for his career.

Correll Buckhalter: Buckhalter's name has been heavily linked to the Bills in part because he was drafted by current assistant general manager Tom Modrak when he was with the Eagles. Buckhalter's inability to stay healthy in his short career could be the only reason he's considered back up material at this point. As he's missed two of his four seasons in the NFL including last season. While not as polished as a pass receiver as others on this list Buckhalter might be the best pure runner of the lot and this must be considered.

Travis Minor: Minor showed last year he could not be counted on as an every down back yet could definately fill in as a 3rd down back. As has quick feet and is a strong kickoff returner.

J.R. Redmond: Zeroue's teammate in Oakland Redmond had a career high 32 receptions with the Raiders last season. While not an every down back he could be an ideal 3rd down back for the Bills at a lesser cost then some of the others mentioned.

Derrick Blaylock: Although his resume is not as extensive as the other RBs mentioned, Blaylock showed he could run when he replaced Priest Holmes late in the season for the Chiefs. He also averaged 2 catches per game last season.

Patrick Pass: Pass was looked at by the Bills last off-season before deciding to re-sign with the Patriots. We feel he could get another look as he showed he could catch the ball with 28 receptions last season. While not the runner the previous backs mentioned he did show in the Super Bowl he could be counted on to run the ball at times.


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